Bachelor of Engineering Civil Engineering CW427

  • NFQ Level 7
  • CW427
  • 15
  • 195
  • 3 Years
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  • Career Prospects
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What is the Course about?

Civil engineering deals with the built environment and encompasses much of what defines modern civilization.  Buildings and bridges are often the most conspicuous creations but this discipline is also responsible for roads, railroads, subway systems, airports, water supply systems and waste disposal. In fact civil engineering as a profession provides much of the infrastructure and essential services on which we depend for survival (further information is available on

This three-year programme provides specialised training in infrastructure design and construction and modules include: Civil Engineering Technology, Surveying, Applied Civil Engineering, Engineering Science, Mathematics, Engineering Drawing, Soils Mechanics, Concrete Technology, Water Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Geotechnical Engineering, Highway Design and more. 

The programme features a strong practical element with a combination of lectures and practical work in our specialised materials, hydraulic and environmental laboratories and workshops.

Special Features:

  • This programme is accredited by Engineers Ireland (EI) and graduates of the programme are eligible for Associate Engineer membership of EI.
  • The emphasis of the programme is on geo-environmental specialities where civil engineering skills save money, resources and lives.
  • Strong emphasis on ‘hands-on’ learning in our specialized civil engineering laboratories and workshops.
  • Our lecturers are all Chartered Civil Engineers with many years of national or international experience.
  • Students participate in national competitions. For example in 2015 IT Carlow students won the Health and Safety Authority’s Safety in Construction competition with a further two teams reaching the final.
  • Our graduates are successful both in Ireland and around the world working in organisations such as ESB, Carlow Precast, WBHO Civil (Perth), PJ Hegarty & Sons; BAM Contractors, SISK Group.
  • Exit Award: Higher Certificate in Engineering in Civil Engineering (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates of this programme may progress to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering (CW428 – Add on) at IT Carlow. Progression offers are subject to academic prerequisites.

What exemptions will I receive?

Professional Bodies Accreditation
This programme is accredited by Engineers Ireland (EI) as meeting the educational requirements of Associate Engineer membership.



What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

A civil engineering qualification travels well – you can work anywhere in the world and across almost any industry sector. Graduates of this programme will be qualified to:

  • Work with contractors, consultants or local authorities on civil engineering design, construction and maintenance works;
  • Survey and set out road works using the latest surveying and GPS systems;
  • Participate in site investigations;
  • Supervise and carry out quality control on construction materials;
  • Draw and detail civil and structural works using CAD and/or BIM software;
  • Quantify and estimate costs for civil engineering works.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 5 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.
  • Mathematics at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Graduates with relevant Higher Certificate are eligible to enter Year 3 of this programme. 

Mature applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be interviewed.   


For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Gerry Gallagher, BSc, CEng, MEng Sc, MIEI, MIStructE